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Adam Jortner • Interfaith Lecture Series

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Adam Jortner • Interfaith Lecture Series

Jul 25, 2019 2:00pm ‐ Jul 25, 2019 3:15pm

Adam Jortner, author, Blood
from the Sky:A Political History
of American Miracles

Adam Jortner, Goodwin-Philpott Professor of History at Auburn University, is a specialist in the early American republic, with particular emphasis on religion and politics. In 2019, he will complete a series of lectures for Audible, entitled God and the Founding Fathers. This series of twelve lectures on the religions of Ben Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and others addresses longstanding myths and realities about faith and the American founding.

His first book, The Gods of Prophetstown (Oxford, 2012), chronicled the rise and fall of the Shawnee Prophet Tenskwatawa. Gods tells the history of a virtual Native American state within the boundaries of territorial Indiana—a state complete with a border, a capital, and a national religion. The story of this forgotten place and religion formed the backdrop and central story of the otherwise-incomprehensible War of 1812. Gods won the 2013 James Broussard Prize from the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic for the best first book on U.S. History.

His second blood, Blood from the Sky: A Political History of American Miracles (Virginia, 2017), provided a history of the theology of miracles and their political use in America. Blood from the Sky was based on over ten years’ research and includes significant revisions of the standard histories of Shakers, Native American prophets, and Mormons. Choice Reviews declared that “by vividly illustrating the breadth and significance of the miraculous for Americans, Jortner makes a welcome and valuable contribution to the history of the country’s formative period.” Adam is a frequent contributor to NPR’s BackStory and a former member of the script team on PBS’s Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?

 

(Note: This biography was up-to-date as of the date of the lecture. Biographies are not updated over time.)

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The Rev. Otis Moss III • Ecumenical Worship Sermon

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The Rev. Otis Moss III • Ecumenical Worship Sermon

Jul 26, 2019 9:15am ‐ Jul 26, 2019 10:45am

The Rev. Otis Moss III

With civil rights advocacy in his DNA, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Ill., Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice, and economic inequality.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College, who earned a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. He returned to Yale in 2014 to present the famed Lyman Beecher lectures. The three-day event included an in-depth discourse on the subject of "The Blue Note Gospel: Preaching the Prophetic Blues in a Post Soul World." The lectures, which demonstrated a homiletic blueprint for prophetic preaching in the 21st century, were the foundation of his latest book, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair, published in 2015. His earlier publications include: Redemption in a Red Light District, and The Gospel According to the Wiz and Other Sermons from Cinema. He co-authored The Gospel Re-Mix: How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation with three other contributors, and Preach! The Power and Purpose behind Our Praise, with his father.

Dr. Moss was named to the inaugural Root 100, a list that “recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions,” according to the publication’s Website. Honorees range between ages 25 to 45, and their accomplishments and successes transcend media headlines or statistics.

With a unique gift to communicate across generations, Dr. Moss’ creative bible-based messages have inspired young and old alike. His intergenerational preaching gift has made Dr. Moss a popular speaker on college campuses, and at conferences and churches across the globe. Highly influenced by the works of Zora Neale Hurston, August Wilson, Howard Thurman, Jazz, and Hip-Hop music, the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the pastoral ministry of his father, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, have been primary mentors for his spiritual formation.

The former pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., his first pastorate, where the church grew from 125 members to over 2100 disciples during his tenure, Dr. Moss is an ordained minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ. He is on the boards of Auburn Seminary and the Faith-In-Place/Action Fund, and is chaplain of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Child Advocacy Conference. Dr. Moss is also a Senior Fellow in the Auburn Seniors Fellow Program.

Married to his college sweetheart, the former Monica Brown of Orlando, Fla., a Spelman College and Columbia University graduate, he and Monica are the proud parents of two creative and humorous children, Elijah Wynton and Makayla Elon.

(Note: This biography was up-to-date as of the date of the lecture. Biographies are not updated over time.)

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